Posts tagged ‘New York’

May 29, 2014

Sunday Mayhem in the West Village

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Of course in New York you have to go for brunch. I have plenty places to recommend but my favourite is one that you don’t go purely to eat. You simply must try the Beaumarchais in the West Village, New York.

Don’t waste your time going there in the week, you have to go on a Sunday afternoon to get that truly bonkers feeling of turning repeatedly to people around you screaming oh my god can you believe this crazy place on a SUNDAY??

It starts off ok. A little bit pretentious and we were made to wait over 30

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May 18, 2014

Amy’s Bread

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If you find yourself wandering around bustling Hell’s Kitchen, New York then there are a million and one places to stop for cake and coffee. So how to select the best one once you ignore all the chains? (Rather alarming posters of Oprah Winfrey currently on every Starbucks window as she’s promoting her new Chai Latte, now that’s random.)

Easy! Go to Amy’s Bread – it is such a find! Too cute – it reminds me a little of Gail’s Kitchen in London but this is a million times better and cheaper. We walked in for $3 iced mochas and read a cute sign “Voted Best Carrot Cake by the New York Post”. Sold!

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March 31, 2014

In A New York State Of Mind

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Hemant & Nandita WIFW AW 2014

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Hemant & Nandita WIFW AW 2014

‘Plush decoded’ was the title of designers Hemant & Nandita’s show but it could also easily have been New York decoded.  Luxurious sportswear inspired separates ensued down the catwalk with mesh park fences as the backdrop.

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March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick’s Day…

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… and Guinness we salute you!
Guinness has pulled its sponsorship of the New York City Parade (huge given the Irish population there) because gay and lesbian groups were banned.
A socialist at heart I am always cynical of every big corporate’s moves as being ultimately about marketing but I will give credit to Guinness here, well done for pulling out of an event that is supposed to celebrate

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September 26, 2013

Trend Report Part 1/4: NY Spring/Summer 14

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Zac by Zac Posen

Fashion, flash bulbs and lots of flapping around.  You probably heard all the fashion weeks started a few weeks ago.  I left it til near the end to summarise what you need to know as consumers (this article is part 1 of 4). For all the attention that the official fashion weeks get, they are nevertheless trade events and not open to the public. They are extremely photogenic events to pepper media cycles routinely filled with political scandal and daily humdrum.

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Do you have a global style or are you very British/American/European in your dress sense?  My sis is very preppy Ralph Lauren despite being British

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September 20, 2012

Take A Peek

This weekend, it is the wonderful Open House London event!  Every year hundreds of buildings open their doors, for free, to the public so we can wander around and appreciate the design and architecture of the London skyline.  Whether you’re fond of new or heritage architecture there is something for everyone.

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September 13, 2012

Mo Murray!

After Wimbledon tears and Olympic cheers, everyone’s favourite miserable Scot, Andy Murray sealed his place in British tennis history by winning the US Open.  It has been 76 years since a Brit won and it was truly wonderful news to wake up to.

One of the endearing stories to come out

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May 8, 2012

The Gold, The Bad and The Ugly

It’s Met Ball time yay!  I’m sure it’s great fun actually being there but since most of us weren’t why don’t we all pour over the fashion instead?  I’ve picked some of my favourites – when they’re good they’re really really good but when they’re bad… they’re shocking!  First up, the lovely hostess:

Anna Wintour here wearing Prada with a lobster embroidery.  Must have been great on paper.

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March 12, 2012

New York State of Mind

New York was the fifth best friend in Sex And The City and who didn’t fall in love with it?  Well, for $9.65 million Carrie’s apartment can be yours.  It’s only £6,171,654.21 with today’s exchange rate

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November 1, 2011

Back of the Bus

I can’t believe this is happening, but a New York bus service that is run by Orthodox Jews is being investigated for making women sit in the back of the bus.

The story was uncovered

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October 19, 2011

A Room of Her Own

More hotels around the world are catering to single female travellers by providing women-only floors, women only upgrade packages or extra security for women to encourage bookings.  The cities that have started offering these services are as diverse as Delhi, Copenhagen and New York.

I have heard stories in India

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July 7, 2011

Calorie Counting

Imagine going for a lovely meal with a date, partner or a friend and you look at the menu and each item has a calorie count next to it? What do you choose, the lowest calorie dish or the dish you really want to eat despite the calories? How would you feel that the person or people that you are dining with can see how many calories you are consuming?

 

Laugh as you may, but this could really happen. Calorie counting on menus is popular amongst top end restaurants and brasseries in New York and other American cities and now has hit the UK. Michelin Star chef Alex Gauthier introduced calorie counts to his menu in his Soho restaurant Gauthier last week.

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July 4, 2011

The Girl Who Cried Wolf

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released on bail and freed from house arrest as the case against him collapses thanks to his victim’s past and our prejudices.

The victim has a shady past and so now, according to an article in the New York Times, although the police privately believe DSK probably is guilty it will be a difficult case to win.  The police compared it to cases such as when prostitutes are raped where the perpetrator can often get away.

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May 5, 2011

Vintage: Stylish or Stinky?

The world’s biggest vintage fair (probably unsubstantiated, just like the world’s favourite airline claim) is currently taking place in Manhattan.

I do love vintage pieces but some of the shops do stink of vintage sweat, especially on a rainy day.  Going to vintage shops is like being on a treasure hunt, most days you won’t find anything you like and then you will find perfection. 

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